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Learn more about the long road to Marrakech that began in 2016: from the New York Declaration to the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration.

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New York, USA — Sep 2016

The General Assembly unanimously adopts the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants


World leaders came together today at the UN General Assembly's first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants to adopt the New York Declaration, which expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.

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They agreed to work towards the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.


Global — April 2017 - July 2018

The process to develop the global compact begins.


A series of six informal thematic sessions on facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration were held between April 2017 and November 2017 to gather substantive input and concrete recommendations to inform the development of the global compact on migration. A series of four United Nations Regional Commissions took place between August and November 2017. 

In order to capture the realities of different regions and the diverse perspectives of civil society organizations, a series of multi-stakeholder hearings and regional civil society consultations took place during 2017 and 2018. 


New York, USA — July 2018

Member states finalize and sign the text for the Global Compact for Migration


For the first time ever, member states agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development.

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What’s next?

The Global Compact for Migration is to be formally adopted at an Intergovernmental Conference, which will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10-11, 2018.


Marrakech, Morocco — December 8-9, 2018

Youth Forum


The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth will coordinate a pre-Intergovernmental Conference on Migration (ICM) Youth Forum in Marrakesh, Morocco during Migration Week 2018.

The forum is to be a young platform for interregional exchange of solutions, challenges, ideas and engagement regarding migration. Our aim is to build capacity and ensure that the young people and their communities are informed, and prepared, to be active part of the GCM implementation from the grassroots to intergovernmental levels.

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